It’s been a good year to be a gamer, with the release of new technology across multiple platforms pushing hardware and devices to the next level.
We’ve seen a GPU architecture change that has trickled down to consoles and the first consumer VR platform take off.
Check out our picks for the coolest gadgets and hardware of 2016 below:
PlayStation 4 Pro
The PS4 Pro is the biggest news in console gaming this year.
While the PS4 Slim and Xbox One S took advantage of AMD’s GCN 4.0 architecture to downsize their form factors while retaining power, the PS4 Pro aims for upscaled 4K using a cutting-edge Polaris GPU.
The console is the bridge to true 4K HDR gaming, offering enough power for upscaled 1800p in most places, which provides a great idea of what to expect from consoles in the next year or two.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will be available in South Africa from R6,990 later this year.
Next-gen graphics cards
This year saw both AMD and Nvidia unveil their new graphics architectures, with both companies opting for different manufacturing processes.
The companies remain as competitive as ever, with their new GPU lineup allowing PC gamers to reach 1080p benchmarks far easier than ever before.
Nvidia still dominates the high end of the market with its GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and Titan X Pascal graphics cards, but AMD is set to challenge Team Green with their Vega graphics cards next year.
Check out our picks for the best graphics cards of 2016 here.
Another product of the increased power efficiency offered by Pascal and Polaris, gaming laptops now boast more power than ever before.
In what is now becoming a common practice, Nvidia has phased out its mobile-class GPUs in favour of full-sized desktop cards for gaming laptops.
This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 in your gaming laptop is essentially the same as the one in your desktop.
Check out some of the awesome GTX 10 Series gaming laptops available in South Africa here.
While it may not be on the cutting-edge of gaming hardware innovation, the Nintendo Mini Classic NES certainly evokes nostalgia.
With 30 pre-loaded games and the original controller, you can play the games you loved as a kid with the same classic hardware.
This version does feature some modern comforts however, such as an HDMI output.
Z Gaming Mouse
One of the most impressive input innovations of the year, the Z gaming mouse feature a brand-new way to interact with games using a mouse.
Created by Swiftpoint, the mouse uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to allow movement control across every axis.
To find out more about what is possibly the most advanced gaming mouse ever created, click here.
Digital Storm Aura
The Digital Storm Aura is a high-end, all-in-one gaming PC.
While most all-in-one gaming PC solutions are disappointingly underpowered and overpriced, the Aura serves as both an ultrawide curved monitor and a customisable PC case.
You can make any hardware adjustments you want, with only a few limitations such as CPU cooler height.
Read more about the impressive Digital Storm Aura here.
There were a number of VR headsets that launched to consumers this year, but the most technically impressive and powerful has to be the HTC Vive.
With its ultra-high resolution and unique motion controllers, the Vive offers players the cutting-edge of VR gaming.
The Vive’s movement sensors allow you to walk in addition to look around, something not yet offered by other VR solutions.
The technology may be relatively new, but amazing VR games are already pushing the limits of the system.
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